Cox to Race With Tallahassee’s Momo Champ Team in June

For immediate release May 13, 2019 Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to road racing next month as part of the Momo Champ sportscar endurance racing team. With support from STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer and 104+ Octane Boost, the two-race agreement puts Cox behind the wheel at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 14-16. Cox, a former GT Challenge Series champion and current track record holder at Gingerman Raceway, is making his first appearance at NCM’s 3.2-mile, 23-turn road course. It is also his first race with the TireRack.com Champcar Endurance Series after scoring three wins Read More

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 5

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” The first performance tests for my 1980 Ford Mustang “restomod” are complete and the early signs are very positive. Along with the 1974 and 1981 models, the 1980 Mustang is arguably the least desirable of any Ford pony car ever built and is certainly not worth the money and effort for a restoration. But the car has tremendous sentimental value for my family. I bought the car in early 1982 as the second owner. My wife and I dated in this car Read More

GREAT DRIVES: One Night at Texas World Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Al Unser, Sr. used a hotel lobby display car to win at Indianapolis in 1987. 46-year-old Juan Fangio broke and re-broke the Nurburgring lap record three times during his miracle Formula One victory in 1957. Every motorsport enthusiast can recite a list of the great driving performances in auto racing history. But many of the sport’s truly amazing drives will never be known, not because the feats were less dramatic but because they occurred at amateur events with anonymous drivers. Like this one. Sunday, Read More

“Racers, Save Your Hearing!” Said Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Larry Rice was one of the finest men in auto racing, but I never quite understood why he always wanted to drive my rental car. It was 1999 and Larry and I were co-hosting what then known as the Championship Off Road Racing series (CORR) on EPSN2 for racing announcer extraordinaire and motorsports entrepreneur Marty Reid. I was in awe of Larry. In addition to his twin USAC Silver Crown titles and USAC national midget championship, he had also won the co-Rookie of the Year Read More

Discovery in Indiana Attic Sheds New Light on Construction of Winchester Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona”   Winchester Speedway’s web site advertises the track as the “world’s fastest half mile.” And now we know why. The recent discovery of a handwritten 1922 letter offers a few small clues as to how builder Frank Funk constructed a facility that still holds the world record for half mile tracks more than a century later. Frank Funk was a successful farmer who owned a home and a large tract of land just west of Winchester, Indiana on State Road 32. Part of this land Read More

COLLECTOR CARS: Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 4

  Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions The steering system on a base model 1980 Ford Mustang is not exactly track ready. Light and numb, it offers little road feel and an overly wide lock-to-lock ratio. Increasing the size and width of the original 13-inch tires actually makes the steering worse, not better. Honestly, driving this combination just isn’t much fun. The installation of a 400 horsepower Windsor small block, 15-inch Anson Slot wheels and a new Dynomax Super Turbo dual exhaust tempts the driver to push the car beyond the reasonable safety limits of its original Read More

Stephen Cox Returns to Trucks, Dirt Track Racing

. When Stephen Cox competes in the CRS Truck series at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia this weekend, he could become one of the few racing drivers to score top five finishes on dirt ovals, asphalt ovals and road courses all during the 2018 season. The versatile Indianapolis racer signed with team owner Billy Strehle today to drive Beckley’s 3/8 mile clay oval in a 375 horsepower CRS race truck this Saturday in the series’ first-ever appearance at the track. Although Cox raced trucks on asphalt in the ARCA Truck Series in 2012 and 2013, he hasn’t been on Read More

SHORT TRACK: An Homage to a Forgotten Series

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions Hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today’s southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series. The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic inch Chevrolet small block engines with two-barrel carburetors that produced Read More

Stephen Cox to Drive for SSR Engineering at Hallett’s “October Rush”

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has been signed by Scuderia Shadetree Racecar (SSR) Engineering to co-drive the World Racing League’s “October Rush” twin endurance races on October 19-21 at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa. The team will soon announce the complete three-driver line up for its Subaru BRZ #51 sports car which will compete in the GP2 class. The team will test on Friday, October 19, followed by twin eight-hour endurance races on Saturday and Sunday. Supported by STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer, Cox is returning to road racing after three seasons in stock cars. His last full campaign in Read More

Stephen Cox Takes Hard Charger, Third Place Season Points Finish

. When the Super Cup Stock Car Series 2018 campaign wrapped up at Virginia’s Dominion Speedway Saturday night, it was still a three-way battle for the Southern Division points championship. Driving the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21, Stephen Cox was third in the title chase and needed to win the race and have points leaders Bob Schact and Ben Ebeling finish outside the top ten in order to secure the title. “My spotter and crew chief both suggested driving deep into the corners, which we had really tried to avoid last time we were here,” Cox said. “But the car Read More